Beavers Announce 2003 Football Signing Class

Feb. 5, 2003

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JUNIOR COLLEGE (1)
1-Kevin Davidson, LB, 6-2, 221, SO, Tuscumbia, AL (Northeast Mississippi College)

HIGH SCHOOL (21)
1-Yvenson Bernard, TB, 5-9, 205, Boca Raton, FL (Boca Raton High School)
2-Charles Burnley, TB, 6-0, 180, Valencia, CA (Valencia High School)
3-Lorenzo Bursey, TB, 5-9, 170, Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly High School)
4-Curtis Coker, DT, 6-0, 288, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines High School)
5-Andy Darkins, LB, 6-2, 228, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego High School)
6-Kyle DeVan, OT, 6-3, 275, Vacaville, CA (Vacaville High School)
7-Naymon Frank, DE, 6-5, 240, Honolulu, HI (Roosevelt High School)
8-Phil Ghilarducci, WR, 6-4, 190, Palo Alto, CA (Henry M. Gunn High School)
9-Ryan Gunderson, QB, 6-4, 215, Portland, OR (Central Catholic High School)
10-Zach Hagemeister, TE, 6-4, 232, Lebanon, OR (Lebanon High School)
11-Jeff Kruskamp, TE, 6-5, 225, Milpitas, CA (Milpitas High School)
12-Gerard Lawson, CB, 5-11, 170, Las Vegas, NV (Palo Verde High School)
13-Clint Polk, TB, 6-3, 190, Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista High School)
14-Brandon Powers, WR, 6-2, 205, Los Angeles, CA (Franklin High School)
15-Keith Robertson, TE/DE, 6-3, 235, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego High School)
16-Roy Schuening, OG, 6-3, 284, Pendleton, OR (Pendleton High School)
17-Danny Southwick, QB, 6-2, 200, Provo, UT (Timpview High School)
18-Jeff Van Orsow, DE, 6-4, 225, Las Vegas, NV (Foothill High School)
19-Anthony Wheat, WR/FS, 6-1, 208, Compton, CA (Dominguez High School)
20-Justin Williams, CB, 6-2, 180, Los Banos, CA (Los Banos High School)


OSU RECRUITS BY STATE OSU RECRUITS BY POSITION
OREGON-- 5 Quarterback- 2
CALIFORNIA-- 8 Tailback- 4
ALABAMA-- 1 Wide Receiver- 2
NEVADA-- 3 Tight End- 2
TEXAS-- 1 Defensive Line- 4
FLORIDA-- 1 Linebacker- 2
HAWAII-- 1 Defensive Back- 3
UTAH-- 1 Offensive Lineman- 2

OSU RECRUITS BY POSITION

QUARTERBACK
Ryan Gunderson, 6-5, 220, FR, Portland, OR (Central Catholic High School)
Danny Southwick, 6-2, 200, FR, Provo, UT (Timpview High School)

TAILBACK
Yvenson Bernard, 5-9, 205, FR, Boca Raton, FL (Boca Raton High School)
Charles Burnley, 6-0, 180, FR, Valencia, CA (Valencia High School)
Lorenzo Bursey, 5-9, 170, FR, Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly High School)
Clint Polk, 6-3, 190, FR, Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Desert High School)

WIDE RECEIVER
Brandon Powers, 6-2, 205, FR, Los Angeles, CA (Franklin High School)
Phil Ghilarducci, 6-4, 190, FR, Palo Alto, CA (Henry M. Gunn High School)

TIGHT END
Zach Hagemeister, 6-5, 232, FR, Lebanon, OR (Lebanon High School)
Jeff Kruskamp, 6-4, 225, FR, Milpitas, CA (Milpitas High School)

OFFENSIVE LINE
Roy Schuening, OG, 6-3, 284, FR, Pendleton, OR (Pendleton High School)
Kyle DeVan, OT, 6-3, 275, FR, Vacaville, CA (Vacaville High School)

DEFENSIVE LINE
Naymon Frank, DE, 6-5, 240, FR, Honolulu, HI (Roosevelt High School)
Keith Robertson, DE, 6-3, 235, FR, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego High School)
Curtis Coker, DT, 6-0, 288, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines High School)
Jeff Van Orsow, DE, 6-4, 225, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Foothill High School)

LINEBACKERS
Kevin Davidson, 6-2, 221, JR, Tuscumbia, AL (Northeast Mississippi College)
Andy Darkins, 6-2, 228, FR, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego)

DEFENSIVE BACK
Anthony Wheat, 6-1, 208, FR, Compton, CA (Dominguez High School)
Gerard Lawson, 5-11, 170, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Palo Verde High School)
Justin Williams, 6-2, 180, FR, Los Banos, CA (Los Banos High School)





KEVIN DAVIDSON, LB, 6-2, 221, JR, Tuscumbia, AL (Cherokee-Northeast Mississippi College) Kevin played two years of football at Northeast Mississippi College in Booneville, MS...he was a two-year starter, first at strong safety and then at linebacker...earned second-team All-State honors as a sophomore...he ranked fourth in the state among junior college players in sacks with eight in nine games in 2002...he produced 78 total tackles in 2002, including 42 solo...he posted 14 tackles for loss, in addition to his eight sacks...he also intercepted three passes...played prep football at Cherokee (Ala.) High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama.





YVENSON BARNARD, TB, 5-9, 205, FR, Boca Raton, FL (Boca Raton High School)
Yvenson was a four-year starter for Coach Brian Dodds at Boca Raton High School, a school considered to be in Florida's toughest district...he started at tailback, fullback and linebacker at various times in his four-year career...he also will be a four-year starter as a center fielder in baseball...he rushed for over 3,000 yards in his career at Boca Raton...as a senior, he rushed for over 1,400 yards and scored 21 touchdowns...he caught 13 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown...rushed for over 900 yards as a junior...he was a preseason 'Super 11' pick in South Florida, which meant he was one of the top 11 players in a three county area....selected to the Palm Beach Post's 'Perfect 10' squad honoring the top 10 athletes from Palm Beach and Martin counties...he was an honorable mention All-State selection for 5A (top classification) schools as a senior...selected first-team All-South Florida by the three area newspapers...he played in the Outback All-Star football game in January and scored one touchdown...the game featured the top prep players in a three county area of South Florida...earned two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com...runs 40 in 4.55...Boca Raton was 6-4 his senior year, 9-1 and division champs his junior year and 8-2 his sophomore season...Coach Dodds said, 'Yvenson is the best football player on our team the past two years. His toughness is amazing. He likes to run over people. He is very difficult to bring down. A tremendous all-around athlete. Because of his baseball talents (strong arm), we went to the shotgun at times with him as quarterback. He has great hands. He has a very low center of gravity and that, plus his strength, helps make him an outstanding running back.' Seven players on this year's Boca Raton squad signed letters of intent with Division 1A-football schools...selected honorable mention all-region by SuperPrep in its January issue.

CHARLES Burnley, TB, 6-0, 180, FR, Valencia, CA (Valencia High School)
Selected as a Western All-Region pick in preseason issue of PrepStar, plus he was selected as a Western All-Region selection in its January issue...as a junior, he rushed for 2,100 yards and scored 30 touchdowns...he caught 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns...he also returned three kicks for touchdowns...Burnley was selected as Valencia team MVP as a junior and senior while playing for Coach Brian Steinman...he was selected first-team All-CIF (Division 2) as a junior and senior, as well as first-team All-Southern Section, first-team All-San Fernando Valley and first-team All-Santa Clarita County...he combined to rush for 4,182 yards in two years, scored 48 touchdowns on the ground and caught 58 passes for 619 yards and six touchdowns...he also returned six kickoffs for touchdowns...he was named the Foothill League Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior...he was a two-year starter in football at tailback and a two-year track letterman as a sprinter, with a best of 10.8 as a junior in the 100 meters...he runs the 40 in 4.5...his best individual game was against Servite High school when he rushed for 330 yards and averaged 17.5 yards per carry...he averaged 8.3 yards per carry during his prep career, a school record...he had five of the six longest touchdown runs in school history with the longest 90 yards...Coach Steinman said, 'I have coached 20 years and Charles produced five of the greatest runs I have ever seen in my coaching career. He is a human highlight film. He has unbelievable ability to change direction and not lose any speed. He is absolutely the most elusive runner and best athlete that I have coached in my career. He broke virtually all of our school records for rushing and scoring, most of which were held by Manuel White (current tailback at UCLA).' Valencia High School recorded a 11-3 record in 2001 and 6-5 in 2002...he earned two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the 12th best running back on the West Coast and a No. 89 rating nationally...ranked 94th in Far West region by SuperPrep...rushed for over 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns in 11 games as a senior...received two votes on the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll...selected by Tacoma News Tribune as one of the top 100 college recruits in a nine-state Western area.

LORENZO BURSEY, TB, 5-9, 170, FR, Long Beach, CA (Long Beach Poly High School)
Lorenzo earned a two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and ranked No. 82 nationally among prep running backs as rated as the 17th best running back on the West Coast...Rivals.com rates Bursey as the 14th best running back on the West Coast and gives him a three-star rating...selected Western All-Region by PrepStar in its pre-season issue, plus he was picked Western All-Region in the magazine's January issue...played for Long Beach Poly as a senior for Coach Paul Lara...as a junior at Beverly Hills High School, Lorenzo rushed for 1,591 yards and 20 touchdowns and was selected as the league co-MVP (South Bay Athletic Association) for Coach Carter Paysinger...also plays cornerback on defense...rated No.132 among prep recruits in Far West by SuperPrep...in 13 games as a senior, he rushed for 880 yards and 17 touchdowns...he runs the 40 in 4.5.

CURTIS COKER, DT, 6-0, 288, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines High School)
Selected first-team All-Southern Nevada choice on the offensive (center) and defensive lines...played on Jaguars' 4A state championship team that produced a 12-2 record in 2002...selected first-team All-State on defense...earned a one-star rating by PacWestFootball.com...Rivals.com gives Coker a two-star rating and ranks him as the 21st best offensive lineman on the West Coast...selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by PrepStar as an offensive lineman...played for Coach Leon Evans...he did not start playing football until his sophomore year in high school...selected first-team on offense (center) and defense on the All-Sunrise Region team...he had 31 solo tackles and 29 assisted tackles for Desert Pines on defense his senior year.

ANDY DARKINS, LB, 6-2, 228, FR, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego High School)
Selected as the Oregon High School 4A Defensive Player of the Year by The Oregonian...selected first-team All-State by The Oregonian...selected first-team all-league (Three Rivers League) and he was named the Three Rivers League Defensive Player of the Year...earned 3.95 GPA in high school...also played fullback on offense...his team allowed just eight first-half touchdowns in 14 games during his senior year...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the eighth best linebacker on the West Coast and ranked as the 62nd best nationally...selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by PrepStar, plus he was selected Western All-Region in the magazine's January issue...as a junior, Andy had 127 tackles and eight sacks, scored one touchdown on a fumble recovery, forced three fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles...as a senior, he had 133 tackles, 49 tackles for loss, eight sacks and three fumble recoveries...he combined for 18 pass deflections in two years and scored one defensive touchdown...he was mainly a blocking fullback on offense, but still rushed for 260 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns...his blocking was a key to Lake Oswego's rushing attack for two years that produced tailbacks that rushed for over 5,000 yards...Lake Oswego lost to Sheldon in the state 4A championship game...he was selected first-team all-league and third-team All-State by The Oregonian as a junior...he posted a PR of 52.4 seconds in the 400 as a junior and ran a 4.71 in the 40 at a Nike combine during the summer of his junior year...rated as the No. 2 athlete in Oregon by SuperPrep...bench presses 310 pounds and squads 450...he has a 30 inch vertical jump...for the past three years, Andy's conditioning regime has been supervised by former Oregon State and NFL cornerback Kenny Taylor...Taylor has served as a personal trainer for Andy...selected by Student Sports Magazine to its senior All-American team...he was one of nine linebackers named to the 75-player squad...played football for Coach Steve Coury, former OSU All-America wide receiver... 'Andy is a workaholic,' said Coury. 'Andy is an outstanding leader. He wants to be on the field. His biggest strength as a linebacker is his ability to run to the football and his great football instincts. He is strong in the weight room. I believe he will be a terrific college football player.' Received two votes on the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll...selected to the eight-player Tacoma News Tribune's Northwest Nuggets team and to the paper's list of top 100 prep players in a nine-state area of the West.

KYLE DeVAN, OT, 6-3, 275, FR, Vacaville, CA (Vacaville High School)
Kyle's high school coach, Fred Jones, describes DeVan as a versatile athlete who can bench press 380 pounds and run 5.1 seconds in the 40-yard dash. 'He's a tremendous wrestler who was rated fifth in the nation and No. 1 in California in his weight class (275 pounds) in January of this year. He could be your best shot-putter and discus thrower, the catcher on the baseball team and the point guard on your basketball team if he weighed 200 pounds instead of his current 275,' said Jones...Kyle was a two-way starter since his sophomore year...he played offensive tackle all three years and tackle on defense as a sophomore and junior and defensive end as a senior...he recorded 88 tackles as a senior and posted 14 sacks...on offense, he had a school-record 59 pancake blocks...he was a Monticello Empire League first-team selection on offense (tackle) and defense (tackle) as a senior in 2002...he was the league's Most Outstanding Lineman as a junior and senior...selected first-team All-Northern California; first-team All-Sacramento area and first-team All-Solano County, all on offense...he won the San Joaquin Sectional wrestling title as a junior in 2002 and then placed third at the California state championships at Stockton...he has not been defeated in wrestling as a senior and on track to win the state title...he also has a 3.65 GPA and was class president as a sophomore...he won the $1,000 National Football League/College Football Hall of Fame scholar-athlete scholarship for Solano County...selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by PrepStar, plus he was also selected as a Western All-Region pick in its January issue...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the 17th best offensive lineman on the West Coast and 55th best offensive lineman nationally...rated as the 101st best athlete in the Far West by SuperPrep...earned three-star rating by Rivals.com and ranked as the 64th best offensive lineman.

NAYMON FRANK, DE, 6-5, 240, FR, Honolulu, HI (Roosevelt High School)
Naymon was a three-sport athlete at Roosevelt High School...he earned four letters in football, two in basketball and three in track and field...played center on the basketball team as a sophomore and junior and did not play as a senior...ran the 400 meters in track and also threw the discus...runs the 40 in 4.90...started at defensive end on the football team for Coach Lester Parrilla as a senior...he was a first-team all-league (OIA) selection at defensive end his senior year...selected as a Western All-Region selection by PrepStar in its January issue...according to PrepStar, 'Naymon is one of the biggest surprises of the recruiting season. He played for one of the smallest schools in Hawaii; his class only has 350 students. Naymon came from the island of Molokai before his sophomore year. He was only about 6-2, 160 pounds. Naymon showed athleticism and raw ability with football, but nobody knew how much he would grow or improve. He blossomed into a player during his senior year.' Assistant coach Jeff Osuma said, 'Naymon is a late bloomer. He came on strong his senior year. He is very quick off the ball. I think he is probably a couple of years away from being a good Division I player. He will benefit from redshirting. He has long arms and a frame to add more weight. He was a very tough kid for us.'

PHIL GHILARDUCCI, WR, 6-4, 190, FR, Palo Alto, CA (Henry M. Gunn High School)
Phil was a three-year starter at wide receiver and free safety for Henry Gunn High School...also earned three letters in track and field as a high jumper and long jumper...runs 4.45 in the 40...won several honors as a senior...selected first-team All-Central Coast Section of CIF; Most Outstanding receiver in the DeAnza League; second-team Cal Prep and first-team San Jose Mercury News, all as a wide receiver...selected second-team as a safety by the San Francisco Chronicle on its team...also selected to the Palo Club's All-Mid Peninsula Team as a wide receiver...Phil played virtually every down for Henry Gunn High School as a senior...he was a starting wide receiver and free safety, plus he was the team's punter...the only time he came out of the lineup was on kickoff returns and covering kickoffs...he caught 47 passes for 1,034 yards, an average of 22.0 yards per catch, and 16 touchdowns during his senior season...on defense, Phil accounted for 84 tackles...he intercepted a record 16 passes and returned two for touchdowns...he also blocked two PAT attempts and two punts...he returned one of the blocked punts for a touchdown...statistics from his sophomore and junior seasons were not available...played for Coach Jeff Remington at Henry Gunn High School...current Coach Sam Picture said, 'Phil is an exceptional athlete. He was on the field for us all the time. The only time we could afford to rest him was on kickoffs. He has outstanding speed and has good instincts for the game.'

RYAN GUNDERSON, QB, 6-5, 220, FR, Portland, OR (Central Catholic High School)
Committed to OSU on July 3, 2002...Ryan earned four letters in football at Central Catholic, but was a two-year starter at quarterback...as a junior, he was a first-team Mt. Hood League selection...completed 157 of 251 passes for 2,385 yards and 27 touchdowns with only four interceptions as a junior...led Rams to second place league finish behind David Douglas and lost to Churchill 28-20 in first round of Class 4A playoffs...he was Rams' place kicker for four years and played basketball as a junior...played baseball as freshman...plans to major in engineering...played as a backup quarterback his sophomore season and completed 15 of 29 passes for 209 yards and one touchdown...he was intercepted one time...finished regular 2002 season with 3,016 yards passing and 39 touchdowns...he was looking to beat Taylor Barton's Oregon high school record of 4,047 yards and 56 touchdowns in 1997 heading into the state playoffs in 2002...in first round of state Class 4A playoffs, Ryan completed 15 of 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns as Central Catholic defeated Roseburg 31-29...going into Lake Oswego playoff game, Ryan had passed for 3,464 yards and 45 touchdowns and only three interceptions...finished the 2002 season with 3,713 yards passing and 49 touchdowns...he completed 240 of 382 passes (.628 percentage) and was intercepted only seven times...Central Catholic was defeated by Lake Oswego in the 4A semifinals...in his three-year career, Ryan completed 412 of 662 passes for 6,307 yards and 77 touchdowns...he was intercepted only 12 times in his career and posted a completion percentage of .622...as a place kicker, he was successful on 132 of 160 PAT attempts and on 3 of 10 field goals for 141 points...Ryan was named as a scholar-athlete by the National Football Foundation's Portland, OR, chapter in December of 2002...Ryan, who ranks 35th overall in his class, carries a 3.89 GPA....he served as team captain as a senior...earned all-league quarterback honors as a junior and senior...also played free safety on defense...played center on the basketball team as a junior...member of National Honor Society...selected second-team All-State quarterback and third-team place kicker by The Oregonian as a senior...selected as a preseason prep All-American by PrepStar...he was also selected as a prep All-American in its January issue...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the sixth best quarterback on the West Coast and 30th best nationally...rated as the No. 1 athlete in Oregon by SuperPrep...runs the 40 in 4.85...received four votes on the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll...selected to the eight-player Tacoma News Tribune's Northwest Nuggets squad, comprising the Pacific Northwest's top college recruits...also named to the paper's list of top 100 players in a nine-state Western area...earned a three-star rating by Rivals.com...Ryan played for Coach Joe Bushman at Central Catholic...Bushman said, 'Ryan is a very mature person. He understands the passing game extremely well. He reads defenses very well and is a very good decision-maker. He has a strong arm and is very accurate. Ryan is an exceptional athlete and the type of kid who just makes plays.'

GUNDERSON PREP STATISTICS

PASSING

PLACE KICKING

YEAR ATT COMP. INT YDS PCT. TD PAT ATT-MADE FG ATT-MADE PTS
2000 29 15 1 209 .517 1 66-58 2-1 61
2001 251 157 4 2,385 .625 27 45-35 3-0 35
2002 382 240 7 3,713 .628 49 49-39 5-2 45
TOTALS 662 412 12 6,307 .622 77 160-132 10-3 141

ZACH HAGEMEISTER, TE, 6-4, 232, FR, Lebanon, OR (Lebanon High School)
Committed to OSU on Monday, June 24...played for Coach Brad Bauer...starting forward on Lebanon Warriors' basketball squad...sprinter on track team, with bests of 10.96 in the 100 and 22.6 in the 200 as a junior...placed fourth in both events at Valley League district meet as a junior...selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by PrepStar, plus the magazine picked him as a Western All-Region tight end in its January issue...first-team all-league pick at tight end as a junior...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the seventh best tight end on the West Coast and the 41st best nationally...rated as the eighth best athlete in Oregon by SuperPrep...has posted a 4.58 time in the 40...he played running back as a senior and rushed for over 890 yards, averaging 7.29 yards per carry on 122 attempts in seven games...he added 31 yards pass receiving...he had nine rushing touchdowns...he had five games where he rushed for over 100 yards...his top game was 245 yards on 27 carries, an average of 9.1 yards per carry...he also rushed for 169 yards on 16 carries, 129 yards on 21 attempts, 126 yards on 19 attempts and 106 yards on 14 carries...he also played some on defense and had five tackles...he caught 25 passes for 400 yards and five touchdowns as a junior...posted weightlifting bests of 285 in the bench press and 495 in the squats...has a vertical jump best of 32 inches...earned three-star rating by Rivals.com.

JEFF KRUSKAMP, TE, 6-5, 225, FR, Milpitas, CA (Milpitas High School)
Jeff was a three-sport athlete for Milpitas High School...he earned three letters in football, three in basketball and two in baseball...he played forward in basketball and played first base and pitched for the baseball team... runs 40 in 4.7...played football for Coach Kelly King...he was a three-year starter at linebacker for Milpitas and a three-year starter at tight end...Jeff was selected as a first-team all-league (De Anza Athletic League) linebacker as a junior and senior...he was named the top linebacker in the De Anza League as a senior...selected as the team MVP his senior year...earned two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the 98th best tight end nationally among recruits...Milpitas was primarily a running team in 2002, his senior year...he caught only nine passes for 96 yards. 'We threw to him only when we wanted a first down,' said Coach King...on defense, Jeff accounted for 133 tackles, seven sacks and three pass breakups as a senior...he had 79 tackles and seven sacks as a junior and 59 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore...Coach King said, 'Jeff has tremendous intensity. We had him on the field for offense, defense and special teams. He plays the game very hard. He is a great blocker on the edge and has very good hands. I think he will be tremendous college tight end.'

GERARD LAWSON, CB, 5-11, 170, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Palo Verde High School)
Gerard was a three-sport letterman at Palo Verde High School...he earned three letters in football, three in basketball and three in track and field...selected as a second-team All-Sunset Region pick at cornerback his senior year in football...Gerard was a three-year starter at cornerback on defense and running back on offense for Coach Darwin Rost...he posted 39 tackles, six pass breakups and four interceptions as a senior...he returned two of the interceptions for touchdowns...he rushed for 812 yards on 146 carries, an average of 5.6 yards per carry, and 10 touchdowns...he caught two passes for 26 yards, including one TD...he completed 1 of 2 passes for 10 yards and a touchdown...he also returned kicks and had a long return of 60 yards...as a junior, Gerard rushed for 718 yards on 110 carries, an average of 6.5 yards per carry, and he scored seven touchdowns...also caught two passes for 25 yards...during his three-year career, Gerard had 93 tackles, 24 pass breakups and 10 interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns...he played as the sixth and seventh man for three years in basketball...competed on both relay teams in track and field and posted a best of 6-2 in the high jump his junior year...he was timed at 4.5 electronically in the 40-yard dash...said Coach Rost, 'Gerard is a young senior and has a lot of room to grow physically. I think he will get taller and add 10 or 15 pounds. He is a tremendous cover corner and did a great job against the top receivers in our league. The thing about Gerard is that he is a 'hitter' as well as a cover corner, and that is a combination you don't always get. He is also an outstanding student with a 3.5 GPA.'

CLINT POLK, TB, 6-3, 190, FR, Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista High School)
Clint committed to Oregon State on February 5, letter of intent signing day...Clint was a three-sport star athlete as a senior for Desert Vista...he played only one year of football, and that was his senior year in 2002...he is a three-year starter in basketball at forward...he will earn four letters in track and field...he is a sprinter in track and ran a 48.7 in the 400 meters as a junior...he was the anchor on Desert Vista's state champion 4X100 relay team in 2002...has been timed at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash...played for Coach Dan Hinds at Desert Vista High School...Hinds, a first-year head coach, talked Clint into playing football his senior year and he produced fantastic numbers on a 9-2 team...he carried the football only 65 times and gained 957 yards, an average of 14.7 yards per carry...he scored 14 touchdowns, including two on kickoff returns...he did not catch any passes...despite playing only one season of football, Clint earned first-team all-city honors; first-team all-region honors and was named second-team All-State...selected as the seventh best athlete in Arizona by SuperPrep in its January issue...Coach Hinds said, 'Because he did not play his junior year very few recruiters knew about Clint. After watching film of Clint he became heavily recruited. I commend the Oregon State coaching staff for doing a great job of recruiting Clint. Clint is a great talent. He has exceptional speed and athleticism. He vision on the football field is outstanding. In my opinion, he will become a super star in college. He is a terrific basketball player. He actually thought basketball was the direction he would go in college until he played football this year.'

BRANDON POWERS, WR, 6-2, 205, FR, Los Angeles, CA (Franklin High School)
Brandon had an outstanding prep athletic career at Franklin High School, earning four letters in football, four in basketball and he will earn four in track and field...played football for Coach Armando Gonzalez...Brandon played linebacker and wide receiver in football, small forward in basketball and competed in at least four events in every track meet, but mainly in long jump, triple jump, high school and relay...he was named the Northern League Offensive Player of the Year as a senior after catching 70 passes for 1,350 yards and 20 touchdowns...he averaged 19.3 yards per catch...his longest TD reception was 72 yards...he was a two-time first team all-league (Northern) pick on defense (linebacker) and offense...selected first-team All-CIF...named to the all-area team by the Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Daily News newspapers...selected first-team all-city at wide receiver as a junior and senior...he was a first-team all-city pick at linebacker following his junior season...he caught 58 passes for 850 yards (14.7 average) and 12 touchdowns as a junior...Franklin High School produced a 9-2 record in 2002 and 8-3 in 2001...Brandon is also an exceptional student and has been enrolled in schools magnet program for top-level math students and will enter OSU with a 3.3 GPA...he was timed at 4.6 in the 40 with full pads...Coach Gonzalez said, 'Brandon is very dedicated and committed to excellence. He has a way of finding the end zone. He runs good routes, but I think his best asset is his ability to catch the ball and his strength. He has very deceiving speed. All I know is that he runs past defensive backs that supposedly have faster times in the 40.'

KEITH ROBERTSON, TE/DE, 6-3, 235, FR, Lake Oswego, OR (Lake Oswego High School)
Selected first-team all-state at tight end and defensive end by The Oregonian...first-team pick on offense and defense in Three Rivers League...he had 15 TD catches and 180 tackles and 30 sacks in his final two seasons with the Lakers, while playing for former OSU All-American wide receiver Steve Coury...he had 64 tackles and 14 sacks in 14 games his senior year...he caught 12 passes for 260 yards (21.7 average) and five touchdowns as a senior...he was selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by PrepStar, plus he was a Western All-Region selection in its January issue as a defensive lineman...earned three-star rating by Rivals.com...he has 4.6 speed in the 40 and a 37 inch vertical jump...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the ninth best tight end on the West Coast and 52nd nationally...Coury said, 'Keith is a real untapped athlete. He is very explosive off the ball. As a tight end, he is the best blocker I have ever coached. Keith is one of the big reasons we were able to run the football so well. He has unlimited potential and I think he can be the same type of defensive end for Oregon State that DeLawrence Grant and LaDairis Jackson were on the Fiesta Bowl team.'

ROY SCHUENING, OG, 6-3, 284, FR, Pendleton, OR (Pendleton High School)
Committed to OSU in early December...he is a PrepStar preseason All-American and rated as one of the best 30 offensive linemen in the country by several recruiting services...Roy was a three-year starter on offense and defense...he was the Intermountain League Lineman of the Year in 2002 and an all-league choice on offense and defense as a junior and senior...he was also the most valuable lineman at the OSU and Oregon football camps in the summer of 2002...his position coach at Pendleton this past season was former OSU defensive end Kyle Rosselle...Schuening didn't allow a sack all season, said Buckaroo head coach Brice Gundlach...his father, Ron Schuening, attended OSU and was a walk-on football player...selected second-team All-State as a defensive lineman by The Oregonian and honorable mention on offense...selected as a preseason Western All-Region pick by SuperPrep as an offensive lineman...he was also selected Western All-Region by SuperPrep in its January issue...earned all-league honors as a junior and is a monster in the weight room...he recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks on defense as a junior...as a senior on defenses, Roy had 35 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles and 12 sacks...he produced 58 pancake blocks as a senior...earned three-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and rated as the seventh best offensive lineman on the West Coast and No. 42 nationally...rated as the No. 3 athlete in Oregon and Washington by SuperPrep...earned three-star rating by Rivals.com...has bench pressed 350 pounds and squats 450...has a 25 inch vertical jump...Roy lettered in wrestling as a sophomore and will be a three-year letter winner in track and field, competing in the shot put and discus...received two votes on the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll...selected by Tacoma News Tribune as one of the papers' top 100 college recruits in a nine-state Western area...Rosselle said, 'Roy is an extremely gifted athlete with a great work ethic. He has untapped potential. We played him in the middle of the line on defense and he was a monster. He just plugged the middle. He has very light feet and moves very well.'

DANNY SOUTHWICK, QB, 6-2, 200, FR, Provo, UT (Timpview High School)
Danny originally signed a letter of intent with Brigham Young in February of 2000...however, Danny elected to take his two-year Mormon Mission following graduation from Timpview High School and did not attend BYU...he elected to sign a letter of intent with Oregon State upon returning from his Mission...he will enroll at OSU in spring quarter and be available for spring football...as a senior, he passed for 2,984 yards and 27 touchdowns in 10 games (7-3 record)...he completed 175 of 325 passes (.538 percentage) and threw only 10 interceptions...his passing yardage of 2,984 yards as a senior was a state record...as a junior, he completed 117 of 227 passes (.515 percentage) for 1,814 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in nine games...all told, he completed 292 of 552 passes (.529 percentage) for 4,798 yards and 41 touchdowns and 22 interceptions...as a senior, he passed for over 300 yards five times and over 200 yards in all 10 games...his best game was against Springville High School when he passed for 415 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 18 of 32 passes...he threw for four TD passes in three different games...he was selected first-team All-State, first-team all-region and first-team all-valley as a senior...he was a third-team All-State pick as a junior...he earned three letters in football and was a two-year starter...as a junior, he set a school game record for percentage by completing 10 of 12 passes (.833) for 176 yards and four touchdowns...his best overall game was against Spanish Fork High School when he completed 19 of 37 passes for 371 yards and four touchdowns...earned two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com...he runs the 40 in 4.65...played for Coach Chad VanOrden at Timpview.

JEFF VAN ORSOW, DE, 6-4, 225, FR, Las Vegas, NV (Foothill High School)
Jeff was selected first team All-State as a defensive end...led Foothill High School to the Sunrise Region semifinals...played for Coach Ray Fenton...selected as a first-team All-Southern Nevada team pick...selected as a first-team All-Sunrise Region pick...Jeff was a two-year starter on defense in football...he also is a two-year starter as a post player in basketball...runs the 40 in 4.75...he also was Foothill's place kicker and punter during the 2002 season and averaged over 35 yards a punt...he posted impressive numbers on defense his senior year...he had 32 solo tackles, 26 assisted tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 11 � sacks, five passes broken up, one fumble recovery, two caused fumbles and seven quarterback hurries...he led Football in defensive points and was named the team's defensive MVP...Coach Fenton said, 'Jeff is an athlete with great technique. He is one of the best I have ever coached when it comes to technique. He is always moving forward and he will not concede anything. I think he has an outstanding future.'

ANTHONY WHEAT, FS/WR, 6-1, 208, FR, Compton, CA (Dominguez High School)
Anthony was a three-sport star at Dominguez High School...he was a three-year starter in football, basketball and track and field...he was an all-league (San Gabriel) selection at guard his junior year in basketball and finished third in the state in the triple jump as a junior...as a senior, Anthony started at quarterback and free safety and returned punts and kickoffs...the only time he came out of the game was on kickoffs...rated as the 131st top prep recruit in Far West by SuperPrep...runs the 40 in 4.60...selected as an Western All-Region preseason pick by PrepStar, plus he was selected Western All-Region in the magazine's January issue...heavily recruited...tremendous all-around athlete...selected to first-team defensive team on Long Beach Press-Telegram's 'Dream Team'...according to the Press-Telegram, Anthony is one of the area's premier all-purpose players...Wheat played in only the first four games of his senior season due to a torn ACL, but still finished second in the area with seven interceptions...he had 44 total tackles and three fumble recoveries as a free safety...as a quarterback his senior year, he passed for 680 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for another 240 yards...he returned two kickoffs and one punt for a touchdown as a senior...he was a three-year starter on offense and defense for Coach Keith Donerson at Dominguez High School...selected all-league (San Gabriel) as a free safety following his junior year...played wide receiver on offense as a junior, catching 36 passes for 786 yards (21.8 average) and 12 touchdowns...as a senior, named honorable mention on the Long Beach Press Telegram's Best in the West poll with five votes...selected to the Los Angeles Times all-area team and selected All-CIF (Division 3)...earned two-star rating by PacWestFootball.com and ranked as the 14th best safety on the West Coast...earned three-star rating by Rivals.com...Coach Donerson said, 'Anthony makes every player around him a better player. He was always a great hitter, but he became a very good cover back as a senior. He has a great sense of where the ball would be. He picked off seven interceptions in the four games he played this year.'

JUSTIN WILLIAMS, CB, 6-2, 180, FR, Los Banos, CA (Los Banos High School)
Justin was a two-sport star at Los Banos High School, earning three letters in football and three in track and field as a sprinter...Justin was a three-year starter on offense (wide receiver) and defense (cornerback) for Coach Don Toscano at Los Banos High School...timed at 4.35 in the 40 and 10.60 in the 100 meters as a track sprinter, according to Toscano...he was named the team's MVP in football as a senior...played wide receiver, cornerback and on special teams...he returned nine kickoffs and six went for touchdowns...he was selected by the district coaches as the No. 1 wide receiver and No. 1 defensive back in the district...selected first-team all-district and first-team all-league (Valley Oak League) on offense and defense...he has been selected to play in the Lions All-Star game in June of 2003 in a game that matches the top players in a 40-school area...he was also selected to play in a Rotary All-Star game, but declined as the date conflicted with the Lions' All-Star game...Coach Toscano also ran Justin on a lot of reverse plays his senior year and Justin averaged over 13 yards per carry on 35 attempts, gaining 467 yards...he caught 25 passes during his senior season and six went for touchdowns...on defense, he had four pass interceptions and 54 tackles...Coach Toscano said, 'he didn't have many interceptions because teams would not throw his way. Justin is an outstanding young man. He never missed a practice and wanted to be on the field all the time. He was willing to play on special teams, but he had to rest him some time. We had a lot of injuries on our team this year and Justin was a warrior. He would do anything we asked him to do.'

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